Philadelphia and Dallas will finish up their two-game tango on the other side of the Pacific Ocean in a contest taking place Monday morning for viewers back here on the East Coast. Hopefully, a few more days to adjust to a new time zone will make for a more fluid game between the two clubs; Friday’s Sixers victory in Shanghai was chock-full of turnovers and slow marches to the free throw line.
One guy who wasn’t sloppy last game was the Sixers’ JJ Redick, who overcame some stomach discomfort and boos from the Chinese audience in attendance to drain all 10 of his field goals, including a perfect 7-7 mark from behind the arc. We’ll see if “Duke JJ” thrives once again in the face of a hostile crowd (who, to be fair, also cheered after his shots swished through the net). Joel Embiid also had a dominant effort Friday with 22 points and 10 rebounds, helped by DeAndre Jordan not making the trip to China to attend to a personal matter.
Zooming out, it’s our last chance to see the entire Sixers roster in action before next Tuesday’s season opener against the Celtics. Do the Sixers look ready for regular season action? Will the Sixers finish a perfect 4-0 for the preseason? Can we deem the Ben Simmons-Markelle Fultz starting backcourt a success? Will Embiid tie his career-high of fans kissed (1)?
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Find out this morning at 8:00am EST.
PG: Ben Simmons
SG: Markelle Fultz
SF: Robert Covington
PF: Dario Saric
C: Joel Embiid
PG: Dennis Smith Jr.
SG: Wes Matthews
SF: Luka Doncic
PF: Dorian Finney-Smith
C: Dwight Powell